What can we learn from the past when trying to make sense of the Chinese Communist Party today?

Much has been made of the Xi Jinping era as one that has ushered in significant changes to how the Chinese Communist Party rules and is ruled. In particular, the upcoming 20th Party Congress appears likely to assert a continued role for Xi Jinping as head of the party leadership, overturning prior practice and further cementing an apparent personalist turn in the party. At a time of significant apparent changes, what can we observe in terms of ongoing continuities? Are we truly seeing a major break with the past or does the past still have much to teach us about what is happening and what is to come? Please join us as we engage in a conversation with three expert commentators on the Chinese Communist Party – Diana Fu, Ian Johnson, and Jeff Wasserstrom – exploring what yesterday may have to tell us about tomorrow.